(I thought this posted on Monday...but Blogger had other intentions. Sorry for the late notice.)
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
~Matthew 18: 19-20
It's been a long time ago (can you say, 21 years), but I'm pretty certain that there were a lot of things racing through my mind as I was handed my high-school diploma. I'm certain I wanted to look good on stage...and not trip. It was blistering hot that day...and I KNOW I thought about whether my gown would be stuck to my hiney as I stood up to get my diploma. (Please Lord, spare me that humiliation!) That was probably at the forefront of my simple thoughts. I bet I was hoping my aunts and uncles wouldn't hang around just too long after the cake was cut so I could "book it" to the long list of great parties that my classmates had planned. Oh...the scholarship I was awarded probably gave me a few nervous thoughts about college that was just a few months away. But nowhere in my wildest dreams would I or any other senior-on-his/her-way-out-into-the-world be thinking about Cancer.
Unfortunately, a recent grad in our community is facing just that. His college start is on hold as he focuses instead on surgery and treatment for the tumor on his brain.
Please join his family and friends, and parish community (and surrounding) for a day of prayer, whether you might know Austin K., or not. Lift him, and his family and his doctors up in prayers as he undergoes his first surgery tomorrow.
There is a prayer vigil scheduled at St. Augustine Catholic Church here in Minster on Tuesday, September 18th from 8am (mass) till 8pm. If you can't make it to church, pray anyways...it is the most powerful thing we can offer.